Kendall-Jackson Preferred Wine of the Kentucky Derby

Kendall-Jackson: The Preferred Wine of the Kentucky Derby

Celebrate the #KYDerby with Kendall-Jackson

We are thrilled to announce that for the second year, Kendall-Jackson is the “Preferred Wine of the Kentucky Derby® and Churchill Downs.” This year marks the 148th Run for the Roses taking place on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Those close to the Jackson family may be familiar with founder Jess Jackson's lifelong love for the sport of horse racing. At the tender age of eight, Jackson watched famed racehorse Seabiscuit win the 1938 Bay Meadows Handicap. The memory of that first race propelled Jackson to establish Stonestreet Farm, a 1,800-acre Bluegrass stable in Kentucky, in 2005. Stonestreet Farm quickly became one of the country's most prestigious racing operations. Today, it is recognized as the leading breeder of award-winning Thoroughbreds in North America. Barbara Banke, Jackson’s wife and chairman of Kendall-Jackson carries forward the legacy by overseeing Stonestreet Farm and creating our winery's relationship with the Kentucky Derby. Learn more about how America’s Favorite Chardonnay met America’s Most Iconic Horse Race at Wine Spectator.

Now that we’re off to the races, here is how you can join in on the fun:


We're bringing the excitement to Sonoma County

Can't make it to Kentucky this year? You're in luck! Wine lovers and horse racing enthusiasts won’t have to vie for a coveted seat at Churchill Downs’ Millionaire's Row to celebrate. Join us in Sonoma County at the Kendall-Jackso Wine Estate & Gardens for the largest West Coast celebration for the 148th Run for the Roses. Our stunning four-acre culinary garden, expansive lawn, and alfresco patio will provide the perfect setting for a fun-filled day of wine, food, fashion, horse racing, and entertainment. Derby Day festivities at Kendall-Jackson will include a large-screen viewing of Kentucky Derby day races, fashion contests, an on-site milliner creating unique hats, and Derby-inspired Southern cuisine paired with award-winning Kendall-Jackson wines, beer by Seismic Brewing Company, iconic mint juleps byYoung & Yonder Spirits, and many more local wineries. And this celebration is all for a good cause with event proceeds will benefit Sonoma County’s Meals on Wheels program. It's all happening on Saturday, May 7 2022 from 11am until 5:30pm. Learn more and get your tickets before they sell out! 


Wine for the win!

While some fans sip on bourbon, wine is our drink of choice on Derby day. To celebrate, we’re offering wine enthusiasts and sports fans two special bottlings featuring the best of California's coastal wine-growing regions. Blending our family's legacy of award-winning winemaking and Thoroughbred horse racing, we are thrilled to announce two commemorative wines: our 2020 Mendocino County Chardonnay and the 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. These bottles are limited-edition and will go fast so be sure to race to find them before Derby Day at a store near you or online at Luck enough to be in Kentucky? You can also get a taste on-site at Churchill Downs.


Derby Day at home

Ready to start celebrating? Visit the Kentucky Derby® At Home for everything you need to "wine" this race day. Dress to impress in your Derby-day finest by putting on your prettiest fascinator or most stylish seersucker suit. And create your own festive and fabulous Derby-themed wine and food pairing menu at home complete with a gorgeous tablescape. And if you need to re-stock in a pinch, don't forget you can get Kendall-Jackson delivered right to your door in just a few hours or less when you order on Drizly or Instacart


Be sure to catch all of the behind-the-scenes action and show us how YOU'RE celebrating by following + tagging us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Cheers to the 148th Kentucky Derby! 

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